City of Colorado Springs Draft Stormwater Criteria Updates
The Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise has released the attached significant changes to the Stormwater Construction Manual (SCM) and the Drainage Criteria Manual (DCM) for your review and comment. The Stormwater Construction Manual is a consolidation of the 2014 DCM, ECM, and Insurance Reference Guide.
Changes to the Water Shortage Ordinance
The Water Shortage Ordinance (WSO) has been in place since 2002 and establishes the rules that govern the response options available to City Council during a water shortage. This Ordinance is a key means for City Council and Colorado Springs Utilities to protect water supply, maintain water service essential for public health and safety, and minimize adverse impacts to economic activity during a water shortage. Colorado Springs Utilities has proposed updates to the existing Water Shortage Ordinance to include a long-term focus on reducing the waste of water at all times, updating the water shortage response rules, and removing rules that have been superseded by new state laws. This program will contribute 10% to our overall savings target – 375 acre-feet in 2021 and 450 acrefeet by 2030 which, in turn, will provide a future source of supply for our community.
In the updated WSO, the following actions will not be permitted at any time to reduce waste:
1. Watering landscaped areas, other than with drip irrigation, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the period from May 1 to October 15.
2. Watering landscaped areas with potable water more than three (3) days per week, with the following exceptions:
a. Watering under an establishment permit;
b. Watering under a water allocation plan;
c. Watering new plant material on the day of planting;
d. Watering of turf grass that is essential for high use sports fields;
e. Operating and attending to an irrigation system as needed for installation, repair, or reasonable maintenance; and
f. Watering trees, shrubs, and plants (including vegetable and flower gardens) with a drip irrigation system, handheld hose equipped with an active positive shutoff nozzle or handheld container at any time.
3. Using water to clean outdoor impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and patios, except when cleaning with water is necessary for public health or safety reasons or when other cleaning methods are impractical or inappropriate.
4. Applying water intended for irrigation to an impervious surface, such as a street, parking lot, alley, sidewalk or driveway, or any other water use outside, in a way that allows water to pool or flow across the ground or into any drainage way, such as gutters, streets, alleys or storm drains.
5. Washing motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other types of equipment with a hose that lacks an active positive shut-off nozzle.
6. Failing to repair or disable, for a period of more than ten (10) calendar days, leaking or damaged irrigation system components, service lines or other plumbing fixtures.
Colorado Spring Utilities Development Fee Increases (Gas & Electric) - Effective January 2020
Utilities performs timely detailed cost analysis every 3 to 5 years at the recommendation of the Finance Committee. Cost analysis performed in 2019 identified significant cost increases with the primary drivers being boring and labor. Gas feasibility percentage was increased from 20% to 30% and electric rates increased 7.5% .
Visit CSU's website for the 2020 Rate Case Study
Stormwater Review Fees - EFFECTIVE January 1, 2020
On December 5, 2019, City Council approved Resolution No. 128-19 that established fees for the review and approval by the Stormwater Enterprise (SWENT) of planning, development, and construction-related submittals for compliance with the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, the City’s Drainage Criteria Manual (DCM) requirements, and the City Code. This resolution also included a 5% increase each year until 2023.
Starting January 1, 2020, new submittals to SWENT will be assessed review fees as per the chart below. Documents submitted prior to January 1, 2020 and are still ‘in the review process’ will not be assessed a review fee. To be considered ‘in the review process,’ a document requiring resubmittal must be submitted within 6 months of the last review comments; otherwise, it will be considered a new submittal and assessed a review fee. Visit the City's website for more information.
El Paso County Road Impact Fee Update - EFFECTIVE January 1, 2020
The BoCC passed a Resolution on December 17th amending the EPC Road Impact Fee program. The purpose of this resolution was to confirm the effective date of a fee increase adopted in 2016; expanding the fee program’s applicability from new subdivisions to all new building permits effective January 1, 2020. This change may impact Builders who have individually platted lots.
The fee program was established in 2001 in an effort to equitably allocate the impact of new development as it pertains to transportation improvement projects needed to accommodate growth. The HBA and other stakeholders supported the establishment of a countywide fee system in 2010 and have worked with the county to review and offer recommendations as the program has developed. Developers have several options when it comes to the fees including joining different PIDS to offset some of the cost or they have the option of deferring the road fees from time of plat to permitting. The changes to the fee program have been approved by the BoCC based off the work of the Advisory Committee.
Click here to view the Resolution document.
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